Re: Saoul Mamby vs Howard Davis Jr.
Sweet Saoul could do it all. He successfully defended his title against Termite Watkins by taking him on the inside. Duran's body attack couldn't put Mamby down, or take him out. His discipline was amazing. His chin and toughness were legendary. His form was as sound as any boxers of his era. He retired the younger DeJesus when Esteban was 28. (Only world champions Antonio Gomez, Antonio Cervantes, and Roberto Duran were able to defeat Vita. Only Duran had ever been able to stop him within 15 rounds, before Mamby took him out in 13.)
Saoul was far better against Watkins, Goins, and McGirt than Howard was. Mamby also officially won four times over the 15 round distance, was flagrantly robbed of a fifth 15 round decision over Muangsurin in Thailand (a verdict even Saensak's hometown supporters found disturbing), and was arguably robbed of a sixth 15 round decision when Leroy Haley was awarded his title. Howard went 15 rounds once, and Jim Watt outpointed him handily.
If Mamby chose to punch with lethal intent, he was certainly capable of doing that on occasion. That's important, because I think Saoul would sent Howard to the deck at least once. Davis may have been the fastest man in boxing during his career, but he wasn't nearly as technically proficient as Mamby was. With each at their best, Saoul still secures a clear cut win on the scorecards.
Mamby UD 15 Davis, Jr.